Aromatherapy Benefits of Lemon
Lemon tree is native to Asia but for the past four centuries, it has been known to grow throughout western countries. Lemon has a strong, clean smelling fragrance which gives the benefit of cleaning household products. It is now used in aromatherapy to help people forego feelings of impurity and imperfection and thus gain confidence.
Lemon essential oil is used as a major ingredient in pharmaceuticals, foods and beverages. It is also used in cologne, cosmetics, especially lotions and creams as it produces fresh scented aroma.
Essential oil from lemon can be obtained from the flowers on cold pressing. The aroma of the oil stays only for a year. But when the oil is refrigerated, its life and aroma can be extended.
Primary constituents of lemon –
Terpinene, limonene, sabinene, pinene, citral, myrcene, linatol, bergamotene, citronellal and geraniol.
Aroma of lemon –
The aroma of lemon is sharp, clean and the fragrance has a creamier and smoother scent in high concentrates.
Therapeutic properties of lemon –
Lemon has antidepressant, antiseptic and antiviral properties and also effectively helps to stop bleeding. Lemon also aids digestion.
Uses of Lemon
Lemon has got many benefits due to its aromatic and therapeutic properties. The uses include:
- It can be made into a hot drink with honey or sugar and consumed. It provides instant relief from coughs, sore throat, fevers and colds.
- Lemon oil stimulates the white blood cells production thus enhancing the activity of the immune system by fighting infections.
- Massaging lemon oil along with vegetable base on the skin helps to provide relief against congested lymph glands.
- Lemon oil fights against many viral and bacterial infections.
- On inhalation, it reduces the high blood pressure.
- It helps in weight loss by increasing mineral absorption and reducing water retention in the body.
- It is effective in treating blackheads, acne, oily skin complexions and other skin ailments.